There's some fantastic news for fans of the FOX series Prison Break, which ended in 2009 after a four season run. It looks like the boys will be returning to screens again, ready for another escape attempt!
The series has been in the works for quite a number of months already, but it was officially announced yesterday by Fox's co-chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden at the TCS (Television Critics Association) press tour. Apparently audiences can expect the show to return in 2016 with a 10-episode event series, meaning it will be a one-time sequel more than a series continuation. Walden commented about what fans could expect:
"I would describe it as a bit of a sequel, it picks up the characters several years after we left them in the last season of the show. The brothers will be back. Some of the iconic characters from that show will be back. It definitely will address some questions that were set up at the end of the series and for a new audience… It’ll start after where we left the Scofields in the final season."
While the series is still in development stages, Newman and Walden are confident the series will be given the greenlight, especially after show creator and executive producer Paul Scheuring finishes writing the first episode and series bible.
But with the new announcement, there's no doubt many of you may have one big question: will the new series involve Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), considering that he died at the end of Season 4 in the TV movie Prison Break: The Final Break? Well, luckily Newman has assured audiences that the series will be "ignoring the straight to video show." Newman also added that the show will be set "several years past when the series ended," and that Scheuring will be making the characters of Michael and Lincoln "relevant again." Excellent news!
Interestingly the Fox execs also said that it was partly due to streaming service Netflix that the series is getting an additional series. Netflix has reintroduced the show to a younger audience, and through fan-made Tumblr accounts it was obvious that both the old and new generation of fans wanted to hear more from the Scofield/Burrows brothers.
But since the series ended in 2009 it's been quite sometime since we laid eyes on our favorite jailbirds, let's take a look at what the two bros look like now. Spoiler alert: not all that different.
Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield
Dominic Purcell as Lincoln Burrows
Wait, are we sure it's even been six years?! They both look almost exactly the same - or maybe they're good friends with keeper of the fountain of youth, Keanu Reeves?